Custom built and custom finished

We’re really excited about this listing that should be coming to the market within the next few weeks.  It’s a custom built by Fernbrook home on a ravine in a great neighbourhood. What’s custom about it? Well, the main floor has 10 foot ceilings which was NOT part of the standard Schedule for that subdivision. Oil rubbed bronze long plate levers are on the three panel solid doors with steeple tipped hinges. 9″ baseboards and 4″ casing and backband are made of solid poplar and not pine or MDF.   The windows have sills and aprons. The doors to the den are pocket french doors.

The kitchen was a custom design from Downsview and includes a panelled Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Wolf Dual Oven/Stove, Miele dishwasher, Sharp drawer style microwave, wine fridge, Travertine floor and marble backsplash, and Blanco sinks including an island sink.

The stairs are made of maple with open risers and Victorian pickets. The hardwood is Cherry. The tiles in the hallway and bathrooms are travertine and there’s Cornice moulding throughout the home.

The master bedroom has a balcony, a fireplace and ceiling speakers and the ensuite cabinetry is from Downsview with fixtures from Grohe.

Outside is  fully landscaped and includes a gazebo and a putting green in the extra long backyard. This is the longest lot on the street.  The garage has new flooring and a hot/cold sink with finished walls and ceiling.  Security cameras, pot lights and floodlights are also included. The shingles were upgraded and some of the roof is copper.

The finished basement has a walkout to the backyard and includes a wet bar, wine room, exercise room, home entertainment area, hardwood floors, potlights and Cornice moulding.

We can’t wait to show you the home in person.



Nightmare Tenant Strikes Again

Her real name is Nina Willis but she used the name Nay Lancelot to apply to rent from two seniors in Toronto who are owed over $9,000.  The seniors checked her references and say that everything looked fine.  The references were probably provided by Nina.

I did a Google search for Nay Lancelot and all that came up were quotes from King Arthur.  When I added tenant, three hits to stories in the Star and Metro News came up but this would have been too late for the seniors.

If I was screening this tenant this would have been a huge red flag.  It is very rare that anyone is anonymous on social media these days.

I’m guessing there was no credit check.  Please, please do NOT rent to anyone without running them through some kind of a credit check. All kinds of alias names show up on these checks. If someone tries to provide their own credit report, just say no!

This is the 8th rental that Nina has been involved with.  She was convicted of fraud and was sentenced to 6 months in jail.  But she’s still at it.  Here’s the story:

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Waterfalls are not far!

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity for March break, check out some of the local parks and hiking trails.  Pat and I wanted to hike somewhere different today.  We looked up the Waterfall hike in Ancaster and thought it would be fun. This is the link to the page:

We parked at the Inn and followed the trail as described on the site.  The first turn was a little bit confusing because there was a T intersection, but the “you are here” map at the site didn’t show a T.  But we met a nice couple who told us that the waterfalls were “that way”.  So we turned right and found Canterbury falls.  They’re not huge, but they’re quite nice.

We kept going and about 3.5 kms in we missed a turn and ended up going up some stairs. We were still on the Bruce trail – but we weren’t on the waterfall trail that we had planned.  At the top of the stairs there was a valley and deer!  There were probably 10 of them when we first discovered them and some left immediately and then some came back.  They were pretty curious about us.

We decided to check the GPS and see where we were.  The white blazes from the Bruce trail were nowhere to be found.  We could see roads and houses, so we weren’t lost, but we were no longer on the trail.

We backtracked and made it back to the car easily.  The missed turn was well worth it!

If you do this trail, be prepared for hills and some rugged terrain. It’s not as challenging as Yellow and Orange at Crawford and Nemo, but it was a lot of work.